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A Legacy of Style

May 13, 2012

by Gabriella Cetrulo

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I wasn’t the first girl who was introduced to the world of fashion by her mother. Plenty of us can remember playing with our mom’s jewelry or tottering in her highest heels. One of my most vivid memories involves begging my mom to let me wear the shoes from her wedding day (mostly because they were covered in white glitter and reminded me of glass slippers).

My mom is what I would call a glamazon. People have been in awe of her daring wardrobe for as long as I can remember. When I visit home with friends, I’m asked to give tours of her closet. Little did I know that, 20 years later, I’d still be sneaking into her closet for style inspiration — only now I can actually fit into her clothes, but not her size 5 shoes, sadly (though I doubt I’d be able to strut around in her 7-inch wedges, anyway).

As I recently began sifting through old family photos, it became clear that my mother wasn’t the first woman of style in the family. She came from a long line of glamour queens, including her own grandmother, who was donning kitten heels and classic fur stoles back in the early 1940s. Looking at these family photos gave me insights I never would have found in a magazine.  Sometimes our own family histories can bring us the most inspiring ideas.

Mom: 1970s Glam

[Pictured: 1. Arrow triangle earrings by SilkPurseSowsEar; 2. Tribal skinny cuff by SOFTGOLDSTUDIO; 3. ’70s Luxe jumpsuit from LittleBeeVintage; 4. Vintage boho suede bag from HulaGirl1922; 5. ’70s Leather cape from TheParaders; 6. ’40s Chorus girl platforms from Parlourthearchives.]

As a child of the 70’s, my mom scours the internet for the vintage jumpsuits and sky high platforms she grew up wearing. She’ll even go for the occasional 60’s mini dress. But she always manages to keep her look contemporary by mixing vintage and modern accessories.

 

 Grandma Willy: ’50s Bombshell

[Pictured: 1. ’50s Bone white faux ostrich handbag from missfarfalla; 2. ’30s Peep-toe with etched heel from VintagePointShop; 3. ’50s Blush brocade cocktail dress from onefortynine; 4. Little drop earrings by LaurenHauptJewelry;  5. Vintage pom pom stole from secret lake.]

I grew up hearing stories about my grandmother going out to the Copacabana and being serenaded by Sinatra himself. Her stylish look could have rivaled any Hollywood bombshell’s. From her white fur stole to her pale, fitted cocktail dresses, she embodied the glamour of the 1950’s.

 

Grandma Carol: ’60s Work Chic

[Pictured: 1. ’60s Scarf from StaceyCarlisleVntg; 2. Mint fused glass earrings by boldcolorglass; 3. Jackie O. ’50s-’60s suit from Vintagephilosophy; 4. Tangerine suede handbag from LoveButlerVintage; 5. ’60s Taranto court shoes from WagonWheelVintageOz.]

As the breadwinner of her family, my Grandma Carol captured the style of 1960s fashionable professionals. And she always kept her conservative look fresh and upbeat by wearing a bright color palette and floral prints, reminiscent of Doris Day.

 

Great-Grandma Kay: Tailored Elegance

[Pictured: 1. ’40s-’50s Black petal wool hat from NevermoreVintage; 2. ’50s Faux fur coat from CultOfVintageStore; 3. ’40s Day dress from NodtoModvintage; 4. Vintage gold tone heart locket from armychic4lyfe; 5. ’40s Onyx suede cross-strap sandal from clevernettle; 6. ’40s Black leather purse from HolliePoint.]

Classic and elegant, my great-grandmother was always seen wearing fashionable hats and dark tailored dresses. Her look has always reminded me of the noir vixens of her time.

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3 Featured Comments

  • susanaredding9

    Susan Anne Redding from susanaredding9 said 4 years ago Featured

    What an adorable and inspirational story. My grandmother was 5'8', made her own clothes from the time she was a child, was very daring, and very confident. She was Vogue fashionable and was noticed wherever she went, to the embaressment of my mother, but nothing stopped her. Gone for many years, she is still known for her daring fashion and creativity, and inspires me daily. I don't think these wonderfully confident and creative women realize how inspirational they are!

  • sadiedesignsca

    Sarah from CAMPandQUARRY said 4 years ago Featured

    When I got married I collected all of the family wedding photos that I could unearth: my parents, my sister, aunts, and my grandparents. I was so inspired by the variety of styles of floral arrangements and dresses. Now that little collection is among my most beloved possessions. It's amazing what you can turn up when you dig through some old family photos. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • OliCreations

    Francesca from OliCreations said 4 years ago Featured

    This is such a great idea for a post! A few years back I raided my grandma's closet and was amazed by what I found. And the quality of the clothes back then is something almost impossible to find nowadays, I own many things that used to be hers that are over 40 years old and still in impeccable conditions, it's quite incredible.

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  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Such a great post! I too remember dressing up in my moms clothes and heels. Now my daughter dresses up in my clothes and shoes! Especially my shoes! It's adorable!

  • hmmills

    Helen Mills from 1820BagCo said 4 years ago

    As always, another wonderful post.

  • Bananamoo

    Bananamoo from Bananamoo said 4 years ago

    Thank you for such a wonderful post. I love it!

  • DreamNColor

    Nikki Barrow from DreamNColor said 4 years ago

    This was such a great read for Mother's Day! I keep scrolling back to look at the beautiful women in the photos. Each of them is so elegant and unique to their own style. Love it!

  • LAccentNou

    Anastasia from LAccentNou said 4 years ago

    Such and awesome and touching post!

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 4 years ago

    I simply cannot resist the romanticism of these glamorous images. My mom was not a clothes horse at all. I hear that skips a generation! lol

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage from DecadesOfVintage said 4 years ago

    I want to be Great Grandma Kay. How stunning

  • pamela1061

    pamela1061 said 4 years ago

    I loved the post and seeing photos of the women who contributed to your being here. They are all gorgeous! What a legacy of classy, stylish women. Grandma Willy sure does rival any star of that era. Thank you for sharing this intimate and fun post.

  • QueenBeeVintiques

    Kim from RiverHomeVintage said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, I wish I had the ability to dress like my own mother... always classy...always looks like a million bucks! She's beautiful inside and out!

  • blueflowervintage

    blueflowervintage from blueflowervintage said 4 years ago

    I love this! What a perfect way to honor the women in your family. I enjoy Gabriella's posts so much. She has such a fresh eye and her posts are so creative and have so much charm, that it's always inspiring to view them.

  • Littlewhiteboutique

    Andra from Littlewhiteboutique said 4 years ago

    Absolutely love this post! Need a bit more glamour in my life :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  • SwankTownCouture

    SwankTownCouture from SwankTownCouture said 4 years ago

    Grandma Willy was fierce! Thank you for sharing all of their fashion styles. A wonderful article for Mother's Day!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye from VintageEye said 4 years ago

    My mother rocked the 60s & 70s look! :)

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 4 years ago

    This brings back so many memories! Thank you for such a beautiful article :)

  • LaurenRoseJewlers

    Lauren Rose from LaurenRoseJewlers said 4 years ago

    Love this! awesome items!!

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 4 years ago

    Nice! wonderful article!!

  • savannahcat

    Lisa Jeffrey from savannahcat said 4 years ago

    Lovely styles of the ages!

  • perebags

    Sarah from perebags said 4 years ago

    :)

  • blondemamma

    Erin said 4 years ago

    Lovely!

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 4 years ago

    Lovely post, thank you for sharing :)

  • RuralRetreatVintage

    Dena from RuralRetreatVintage said 4 years ago

    Wow, this article brought back so many wonderful memories of growing up in the 50's and 60's. Thanks so much for sharing.... :)

  • MarilynsMedley

    Marilyn D from MarilynsMedley said 4 years ago

    Pictures brought back memories... thank you

  • sandstormcreations

    sandstormcreations from sandstormcreations said 4 years ago

    What beatiful pics.

  • pinkpoppies1991

    Pink Poppies from pinkpoppies1991 said 4 years ago

    The 50s cocktail dress is stunning.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Love it! Fab picks.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage from maggiemaevintage said 4 years ago

    great styles...classy ladies!

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits from OuterKnits said 4 years ago

    Wonderful post, and such glamour!

  • jewelsbymoon

    moon from jewelsbymoon said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful article, Happy Mother's Day!

  • MaggiePainting

    Maggie Flatley from MaggiePainting said 4 years ago

    A wonderful, thoughtful Mother's Day fashion tribute.

  • RetrofitBecky

    Becky from RetrofitStyle said 4 years ago

    This is such a wonderful post for mother's day! It reminds me of my mother re-lining her old red wood 1940s coat for me to wear in the 60s when I was a teen. And all those old photos we have in the bottom of a box somewhere! I'm off to dig them out right now!

  • JennyTheArtist

    JennyTheArtist from JennyTheArtist said 4 years ago

    love these collections

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons from TigersandDragons said 4 years ago

    Great article, our Mothers are such an influence on our sense of style. Who can forget playing with their Mom's makeup, scarves and gloves as a child? I began raiding Mom's closet at 14.

  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever said 4 years ago

    This just shows that glamour never goes out of style :) I loved this homage to mothers seen through the lens of fashion!

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens from VogueVixens said 4 years ago

    My mother had a 60's mini dress, sleeveless with a high collar in an abstract pink and purple print, it was my favourite outfit for playing dress-up. I told her how much I loved the dress, and she cut it up and made it into a little sundress for me. At age 6 I felt like the prettiest girl on the playground.

  • ErikaPrice

    Erika from ErikaPrice said 4 years ago

    Aw, I remember dressing up in my mother's old clothes too - such lovely memories! A beautiful selection of elegant finds too!

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic said 4 years ago

    my mother, Ione is still a classy dresser at age 94! I'll best remember her 1940's cinched in waist skirts and classic blouses. She also knew how to rock hunting jodhpurs and a deer skin jacket.

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 4 years ago

    Love this post! Happy Mothers Day everyone!!!

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly said 4 years ago

    My mom still gets "dolled up" as she puts it, we just celebrated her 80th birthday yesterday (surprise party) she still looks great and has a great fashion style!

  • EmiliaFaith

    Edie Ann from OhHoneyHush said 4 years ago

    Oh I love it !! wonderful article. Happy Mother's Day !

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami said 4 years ago

    Lovely post, thank you for sharing!

  • capriciousme

    Shawna from capriciousme said 4 years ago

    Loved the nostalgia this post has brought me on mother's day. :-)

  • spiderbunny

    Jessa Cady from Spiderbunny said 4 years ago

    I love this, what a wonderful post! Very inspiring =)

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    I love vintage items!

  • boldcolorglass

    Zsuzsi from boldcolorglass said 4 years ago

    Great Mothers Day article! My mother did not have a unique style. I pend more time on my gardrobe. Ithink it is important to teach our daughtert about fashion and style. Mine are really enjoying the morning clothes pick and preparing outfit for a special occasion. I love these times too! Thanks for the feature!

  • GoldenDaysAntiques

    Nancy from GoldenDaysAntiques said 4 years ago

    Great post! Love the fashion. Happy Mother's Day!

  • Caitiec23

    Caitie and Jamie C. from NuitHiboux said 4 years ago

    I love this article, the pictures are nice.

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello from mirabellamorello said 4 years ago

    This is a lovely post! It's fun to see how our mothers (and other relatives) dressed, isn't it? Thank you for sharing the super-sweet family photos!! I'm charmed by the sweet, little wedding and bridesmaids gowns that my mother and my aunts were married in and I'm actually always a bit surprised to see how cute and fashionable my little Mommy was too!! Wishing all a beautiful Mother's Day!

  • paisleybeading

    LuAnn Poli from PaisleyBeading said 4 years ago

    Thank you for a precious walk through Memory Lane. You did a superb job of putting each collection together. The old photo in each helped me to visualize the look. Reminiscing about my mother and grandmother as seen through my youngster eyes brought on the Warm Fuzzies! I, too, just loved looking through the treasure trove of Mom's jewelry! I now wonder; Was that the seed that later bloomed into of my passion for the world of jewelry? I'd like to think so.

  • ResaArtDesign

    Resa Wilkinson from ResaWilkinson said 4 years ago

    All the lovely and cherished memories I have of my grandmothers, mother and my childhood came back to me with a smile after reading such a wonderful post. Thank you so much for that walk :)

  • ElizabethPawle

    Elizabeth Pawle from ElizabethPawle said 4 years ago

    This is amazing, such a wonderful article!

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 4 years ago

    Awesome article! Happy Mother's Day!

  • goodbeads

    goodbeads from goodbeads said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing!

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 4 years ago

    i like browsing through old photos of my family :) thanks for a nice article :)

  • misponko

    Liudmila Rosario Ponko from PonkoWorld said 4 years ago

    great pics!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • LadyInTheWood

    LadyInTheWood from LadyInTheWood said 4 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous.

  • susanaredding9

    Susan Anne Redding from susanaredding9 said 4 years ago Featured

    What an adorable and inspirational story. My grandmother was 5'8', made her own clothes from the time she was a child, was very daring, and very confident. She was Vogue fashionable and was noticed wherever she went, to the embaressment of my mother, but nothing stopped her. Gone for many years, she is still known for her daring fashion and creativity, and inspires me daily. I don't think these wonderfully confident and creative women realize how inspirational they are!

  • VintageforVictory

    VintageforVictory from VintageforVictory said 4 years ago

    Love this! I have so many strong women in my family with the fashions of all these eras. I can really relate to this post :) x

  • PoshBinky

    Jennifer from PoshBinky said 4 years ago

    This is great! I have always loved looking at the different styles through the eras! Happy mother's day to all the moms!

  • VelvetTeacup

    Coralie Milne from VelvetTeacup said 4 years ago

    How wonderful to come from such a fashionable line of ladies. So much glamour in those old family photos and what fun they are to see how everyone looked in their younger days. I hope you will be able to pass all this style on to a daughter someday.

  • FullCircleRetro

    Piegota from FullCircleRetro said 4 years ago

    High fashion picks..!

  • oneeyedgirls

    Stef Bauer from oneeyedgirls said 4 years ago

    Wonderful piece and thanks for the detailed look back!! Women and each generation, with such style!! Happy Mothers Day!!

  • deodorantshop

    Deodorant Shop from deodorantshop said 4 years ago

    GREAT Collections! Love it!

  • Joliejye

    Julie Duchesne from Joliejye said 4 years ago

    Those selections are amazing ! Very lovely finds.

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    Kevie from LittleFridayDesigns said 4 years ago

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post! So beautiful and inspiring... an amazing insight into glamorous women of their era. Great picks too.

  • sandboxcastle

    H Wang from sandboxcastle said 4 years ago

    Love this article- especially the photos that are paired with it! Great Mother's Day piece :3

  • jessiestar Admin

    Jessie Star Kelley said 4 years ago

    I favorited almost every item listed here! This is a great post Gaby!!!

  • KatiesBeadsOfHope

    Katie Louise Leach from HopeForBinati said 4 years ago

    I seriously love this post. Great picks as well :)

  • BoxEleven

    katie browne from BoxEleven said 4 years ago

    awesome post! such great pics of your family, and nice collection of goods. thank you!

  • slatevintager

    Nikki from slatevintager said 4 years ago

    Really nice post! Thanks for sharing!

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 4 years ago

    Love all of these pieces! The only woman in my family who cares about what she wears (other than me) is my Grandma on my dad's side. She has always been very stylish. She worked for many makeup companies, including Estee Lauder and Mary Kay, and always had on nice looking clothes. This post remind me of her. To this day she still wears makeup and does her hair, even if she is just going out the the grocery store or nowhere at all. Happy mother's day to everyone.

  • noritadesigns

    Nora New from noritadesigns said 4 years ago

    What a fantastic, inspirational post...I love nostalgia and family history and I'm going to be a copy-cat and dig out my old photos for a look at what the relo's were wearing!:) thank you and Happy Mother's Day.....

  • Waterrose

    Rose Waterrose from Waterrose said 4 years ago

    What beautiful women and style!

  • noritadesigns

    Nora New from noritadesigns said 4 years ago

    I love nostalgia and family history! what a wonderful and inspirational post. I think I'll be a copy-cat and go and dig out the old photos to see what the others were strutting in:) Happy Mother's Day...

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin from TheSewingGin said 4 years ago

    Excellent post for Mother's Day. Really enjoyed it.

  • HaileMae

    Anna Murray from HaileMae said 4 years ago

    What a perfect Mother's Day post!

  • BridalSashesOnly

    Kathy Johnson from BridalSashesOnly said 4 years ago

    Love this post and great pics too!! Happy Mothers Day everyone!!

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery said 4 years ago

    Fun to see the old vintage clothing!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 4 years ago

    So Glamorous!

  • Popups

    Marois from Popups said 4 years ago

    tres belle

  • StringBeardCraftery

    Stephanie from StringBeardCraftery said 4 years ago

    Oh my gosh, I want every outfit!! Soo cute!

  • MaddyMade

    Madelliene Bognot from MaddyMade said 4 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous - all of them! I LOVE the glamour of the old days.

  • EnterpriseAmericana

    Enterprise Americana from EnterpriseAmericana said 4 years ago

    Yes to all of it.

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 4 years ago

    Great post !

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations said 4 years ago

    Great items!

  • littlepancakes

    Melissa Pancakes from littlepancakes said 4 years ago

    I like this idea. Would be nice to see a little diversity though.

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi said 4 years ago

    Great collection!

  • PatternsAndPlans

    PatternsAndPlans from PatternsAndPlans said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article, well thought and organized!

  • tutulucylu

    Christa Thomas from ThemeAndVariations said 4 years ago

    A lovely take on Mother's Day. What a gorgeous legacy of stylish women you have.

  • kristybaubleboutique

    Kristy Burgoon from TheDustyJewel said 4 years ago

    Great post with awesome collections!

  • sadiedesignsca

    Sarah from CAMPandQUARRY said 4 years ago Featured

    When I got married I collected all of the family wedding photos that I could unearth: my parents, my sister, aunts, and my grandparents. I was so inspired by the variety of styles of floral arrangements and dresses. Now that little collection is among my most beloved possessions. It's amazing what you can turn up when you dig through some old family photos. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace from VintageMarketPlace said 4 years ago

    fashion was much different in my family history, even though my mother dreamed of being doris day and introduced me to Doris Day movies and Audrey Hepburn movies, all her clothes and mine were homemade. My grandmother was a seamstress. Back then in our small town people would buy a pattern and the materials then seek out my grandmother to make it into clothing. It was something to have Grandmas label in your clothing

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm from baconsquarefarm said 4 years ago

    Enjoyed my peruse down memory lane~ what grand collection of clothing and accessories from era's in the past. Thanks for writing and creating this article. :)

  • megandempsey

    Megan Dempsey from JBCountryCouture said 4 years ago

    Wonderful post!!!!! I have a 2 year old daughter that loves to strut around the house in my clothes, play in my jewelry and occassional will sneak into my makeup!!!!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin said 4 years ago

    Beautiful all around ~ That top photo is so expressive

  • livfortoday

    Liv Gabel from MansionHouseRoad said 4 years ago

    A tradition of style! Lucky you to have such a legacy to live up to. Enjoy those family pictures and history. Very cool! Thanks for the post. I can only hope someday my daughter looks back at my pictures in the same way!!!

  • monlyn25

    Monica C from MomoSeaJewelry said 4 years ago

    I always dressed up in my mother's old clothes. All the more reason to hang on to some of my favorite clothing items, even though im dying for more closet space! Although I don't have kids yet, I would definitely want them to revive my old wardrobe by playing dress-up just as I did.

  • aoisart

    Kia from aoisart said 4 years ago

    What a beautiful post!! I love all the vintage styles and the family history!

  • LineaLina

    Susanne Major from LineaLina said 4 years ago

    Such a lovely story! Very inspiring!

  • OliCreations

    Francesca from OliCreations said 4 years ago Featured

    This is such a great idea for a post! A few years back I raided my grandma's closet and was amazed by what I found. And the quality of the clothes back then is something almost impossible to find nowadays, I own many things that used to be hers that are over 40 years old and still in impeccable conditions, it's quite incredible.

  • katrinaalana

    Katrina Alana from KatrinaAlana said 4 years ago

    Great story!

  • redemptionart

    Connie Haskell from redemptionart said 4 years ago

    Love this, sounds like my mom and grandma...no, i am not a clothes horse i told them...lol! Now I know , I'm just a product of the women!

  • BeadHeadsGA

    Bead Headsga from BeadHeadsGA said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful story!

  • rhondarenay

    Rhonda Jones from RhondaRenay said 4 years ago

    Loved the story! Interesting article about history/style. I too remember my grandmother had a closet full of old hats she used to wear in the 20's and 30's and 40's.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    I always think that women had such a great sense of style, its so difficult now I can see why so many older women are distressed by all these denim wearing youngsters!

  • muffintopdesigns

    cy and d from TheLovelySmith said 4 years ago

    isn't it wonderful to see how style has evolved through the ages... and to be able to incorporate elements of your relatives' fashion savvy into your own wardrobe??? sigh!

  • coalchild

    coalchild from coalchild said 4 years ago

    love this article ....my sister always had the latest 60's styles and i truly admired her flare..i on the otherhand tended to be conservative like most of the women in my family....except for that patch between 79-85 when my fashion sense underwent a shock...gotta love the 80's

  • SabSabWorld

    Saba Lasheiei from SabSabWorld said 4 years ago

    Lovely post ! :)

  • MissHildebrandt

    Miss Hildebrandt from MissHildebrandt said 4 years ago

    Can't relate. Had a hippi Mom! Great article. I remember wishing my Mother wore makeup and dresses. Instead she wore wrinkle skirts and a native american oversized earing in one ear. Although I do wear snake rings...just as she did. So, maybe I can relate! Totally dug the post.

  • mmerrittdesigns

    M. Merritt from mmerrittdesigns said 4 years ago

    It just goes to show that everything comes back in style. If You have a quality piece, save it! Your grandchildren may love it too someday.

  • viennasgrace

    Amy Russo from ViennasGrace said 4 years ago

    Really enjoyed the story and the picks. Very nice, lovely photos.

  • sanmarnastyle

    Sandy from SanmarnaStyle said 4 years ago

    Fantastic, wonderful pictures and article. I too, love looking at old photo's and the different styles in each era

  • truthbeautyandlove27

    Colleen O'Neal from truthbeautyandlove27 said 4 years ago

    its funny I was just thinking of this same subject! Recently created a pair of earings with vintange aroura borealis crystals and I was reminded while making them of playing for hours with grandmothers jewelry when I was a child. Instead of making jewelry for my mother for mothers day I made her a jewelry holder. My husband said are you sure you shouldn't make her jewelry instead? Your mom is one of your greatest fans and I said well she has more jewelry then I do already and probably needs more places to put it, he just laughed and said I have never met someone with more jewelry then you! Trust me my mom does!

  • guziks

    Stephanie from Phylogeny said 4 years ago

    A beautiful tribute to the women in your family history! I love this article :) thanks for sharing!

  • diamondsandcoal1

    Erin Joy from diamondsandcoal1 said 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Isn't it amazing how beautiful vintage photos are? They have so much character and charm, and speak to you in the most amazing way.

  • afc4life

    Catherine Cetrulo from afc4life said 4 years ago

    I really don't know what to say other than " Thank you for the best Mothers day....ever" Grandma Kay would have been overwhelmed as I am........ I really loved how you captured each womens style and I truly love you for it all.

  • stargazer29609

    stargazer29609 from stargazer29609 said 4 years ago

    This post brought back memories of trying my mothers wedding gown on when I was a girl.

  • DowntownDame

    Kelly Deneen said 4 years ago

    Great post! We are currently going through my grandmother-in-law's estate, and she had one heck of a sense of style. She wore a dark green suit at her wedding, with an amazing hat that had long feathers that wrap a few times around the box. I've always loved that photo!. Apparently, she never let go of a single piece of clothing or accessory. What treasures!

  • UUPP

    UUPP from UUPP said 4 years ago

    Absolutely love this post! Great great photos

  • ToosDetectiveAgency

    Sara Schroeder from ToosDetectiveAgency said 4 years ago

    I love looking at old family photos. I love to imagine what my grandmother was like when she wore sharp hats and white gloves, before the days of elastic-wait "slacks" and bird sweatshirts.

  • MapleAndOakDesigns

    MapleAndOakDesigns from MapleAndOakDesigns said 4 years ago

    I love this article! I'm a historian and I love fashion, this is just a wonderful combination and an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing it with us :)

  • Julbyjuliagasin

    Julia Gasin from Julbyjuliagasin said 4 years ago

    The first photo is absolutely amazing...!

  • crazy4fabric

    Kim from FiberBungalow said 4 years ago

    What an inspiring lovely article! I have such loving memories of playing in my Grandmother's and Mother's closet. The spark for the love of fashion starts at such a young age when you have stylish women in your life. Thank you for sharing your story! I LOVE Grandma Willy! Somehow the word "Grandma" is not quite a fit for this bombshell! : ) What a beautiful and confident line of women!

  • BlueBrocade

    BlueBrocade from BlueBrocade said 4 years ago

    Drawing from our own family history for fashion and style inspiration, it becomes so much more meaningful than anything a magazine may try to present. I love how style and quality were valued in the past, maybe that is why I love drawing from my vintage brooch collection for my hair accessory designs-I love to bring in a hint of that femininity from the past and bring it into our everyday in the present. Beautiful post!

  • neonthreadsdesigns

    neonthreadsdesigns from neonthreadsdesigns said 4 years ago

    Wonderful story. I enjoyed it.

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 4 years ago

    Fabulous post and collection. These women look amazing!

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving from BeachHouseLiving said 4 years ago

    Wonderful post. If only I had those outfits I used to play dress up with now! I enjoy wearing vintage dresses but it's the hat's I adore most.

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 4 years ago

    My mother, just today, mentioned that you have to be confident to wear what she was wearing, and it's true! It's a neon green top. And she's in her late 60's. She has always been a bit daring and up to date in the current trends without going too, too far over the edge. She sewed her own clothes from the time she learned to sew in high school until I was a young girl. She just couldn't keep up with all the time it took to sew all hers and my clothes too, while also holding a full time job outside the home. I wish she'd kept more of it so I could see it today!!! I love pouring over old photos of my family members too. There's fabulous fashion from many eras that I just adore.

  • windycitynovelties

    Windy City Novelties said 4 years ago

    That is a really beautiful story. I love vintage fashion and how it it is all passed down through generations!

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 4 years ago

    I used to love my Mother and Grandmothers closet also. This takes me back. I actually see a few things they had here!

  • rivahside

    rivahside said 4 years ago

    My mother had a champagne taste on a beer budget when it came to clothes, but she always looked stylish. She loved wear Mr. Mort dresses in the early 60's and always had her beehive hairdo and nails done at Jones department store in Fairmont, W. Va.!

  • rosebudsvintage

    rosebudsvintage from WillowsWear said 4 years ago

    This article made me think of my mom and her style and class. She always wore an apron when home, many I still have. She always dressed up when going out even to the grocery store. "never know who your going to see." On Sunday always dressed in a suit with gloves and one of her many hats. She loved fashion and made most of her suits, some of her hats and "purses." I am a grandma now and I still have her quality items. I look at my clothes, as I am downsizing and say to my kids that they will never see the quality like this. The attention to detail was amazing, but this is where Etsy comes in the next generation is reviving this and taking the time to appreciate the past and learning how important quality not quantity is.

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage from metroretrovintage said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful article and treasury of photos! And I loved your wonderful selections displaying the styles and time period of each of these lovely women.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 4 years ago

    Great story. I love looking at the way people dressed before us...especially because I live in my sweats....

  • BBBDesigns

    BBBDesigns from BBBDesigns said 4 years ago

    What can I say about Mom..... She was a model for Marshall Fields in the 50's and early 60s. If you ever saw the movie 'How to marry a Millionaire" Marilyn, Lauren and Betty were models for some big store and that's exactly what Mom did. Best advice she gave me regarding cloths was always buy well made or as they called it tailored.... even if you don't have the money save so you can purchase the best, the cloths always fit better and you don't look off the rack.

  • OnceUponABustle

    OnceUponABustle from OnceUponABustle said 4 years ago

    I come from a long line of seamstresses on my mother's side, and I truly believe that certain passions run in our blood. My great-great grandmother was an extremely talented seamstress in the late 1800's and early 1900's. She made clothes not only for all of her children, but for clients outside of the family as well. Her talent was passed to my Great Grandmother, who in turn taught my Grandmother...then mother....and now, here I am :o) I own my Great Grandmother's sewing machine from the early 1930's, and it is my most prized possesion (if only it could talk!!! I would love to hear the stories it could tell). I am also fortunate to own a beautiful blouse that once belonged to my Great Grandmother's sister :o) Now I have my own shop on Etsy....offering beautiful one of a kind men and women's clothing....and I do believe that I have my ancestors to thank for my love of creating beautiful quality clothing ;o)

  • InMaterial

    Peggy McCallum from InMaterial said 4 years ago

    My mother's generation (she's 87), I'm afraid, is the last to really embrace femininity and glamor and just plain looking good all the time! She still dresses up just to go to the grocery store. And remember when flying was an event and everyone dressed up - men in suits and women in silk stockings and heels. I too went through our old family photos and was actually jealous that my mom dressed up in beautiful, well-tailored clothing on a daily basis. And a day in the city! Well, that was a special occasion that called for only the finest attire. I'm glad that I got to experience a bit of that growing up when I did.

  • lauraprill

    Laura Prill from lauraprill said 4 years ago

    this really helped me to remember how wonderful my gram, aunts and mom looked..accessories really mattered then. Though I've gone the way of being too casual in my dressing, I really admire the time that they took to look like a million bucks, no matter what was going on in their lives.

  • Zenice

    Zenice from LusterHandSpun said 4 years ago

    Good that people get to see quality clothes, beautiful photographs of well dressed Americans, even if retro.Our Malls are mostly full of over priced junk jersey-- underwear material. Refreshing break. Quality,well made woven fabric lasts, looks nice, and in the long run more economical. Thank you for sharing & selling!

  • ezliving

    ezliving from ezliving said 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 from breadandroses2 said 4 years ago

    40s fashions: a good crepe de chine frock and peep-toe shoes are probably the most feminine style in the past century. Even Rosie the Riveter looked good.

  • LadyLyBoutique

    Lady Ly from LadyLyBoutique said 4 years ago

    Great article... Thanks for sharing.

  • nbaylis

    Nattalie Baylis from NattaliePalace said 4 years ago

    I think this is great and i don't have chance to visit to Australia but i hope one day i will. I'm very interested in your annoucement about your 40s fashions from your relative. It's very good and the best on that periods and it's the same to my mother's clothes 60s, 70s and 80s too. Thanks a lot to sharing these things to me.

  • shawnstpeter

    Shawn St.Peter from shawnstpeter said 4 years ago

    great article, I love vintage

  • kustomdesigns2

    Lynn from kustomdesigns2 said 4 years ago

    Great tribute to all Mom's. I am pushing 80 years and will be listing some of my things soooon. Thank you for sharing. God Bless.

  • itsamatch9

    itsamatch9 from itsamatch9 said 4 years ago

    Great story, very much a memory juggler. It made me remember times I thought were gone from my mind forever. I recall the swim suits and sunning on the once beautiful Connecticut beaches. The mink coats and stoles (sp?) worn with big broaches and bold sparkling earrings, red-red lipstick stockings.....Mom had a friend who was shoe editor for Vogue in the 60's, she always brought shoes that were over the edge but to my little feet they were boats. Thank you so much for the memories!

  • SunshineGirl16

    Hannah Dick said 4 years ago

    What a need idea! I would love to know whose style I inherited. :)

  • showbelles

    Rhonda Griffin from Showbelles said 4 years ago

    What a family of stunning beauties. They all look like Vogue cover models. All of them are overflowing with style and elegance. Fabulous article.

  • lizettev

    Lizette Venter from Clovetree said 4 years ago

    Those beautiful, immaculate women! And to think they managed to be so poised and groomed despite the duties of housekeeping and without all the 'mod cons' that is supposed to save us time - and there I am, dishevelled on the school run, despite my convenient life! Hats off ( or on?) to all of them.

  • Lexl1

    Alexis LeRoux-Dupont from Lexl1 said 4 years ago

    That's beautiful. Fashion repeats itself but turns out u were ahead of the times just like the women who raised ya:)

  • FarmGarl

    Patty Rosburg from FarmGarl said 4 years ago

    Very nice article, fashion is so interesting! My mom used to make those suede boho bags in the 70's, and had quite a business going with them. I need to go search thru my closet now...you have got me thinking...maybe I still have one of those bags around. So cool too...that you had so many stylish women in your family to inspire you.

  • Marilynrd

    Marilyn Davenport from BitsofClayJewelry said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for your touching and memorable post. How sweet of you to share such a personal post.

  • jmjewelryoriginals

    joyce from jmjewelryoriginals said 4 years ago

    Thankyou for the wonderful memories. I lost my mom 2 months ago . I have always taken pride in thinking and knowing that I was just like my mother. It's not just her style, the way she dressed or the perfume she wore. It comes from within- the total package. Our lives have come full circle

  • oldhippeegirl

    julia from oldhippeegirl said 4 years ago

    Oh, such are the days gone by! How beautiful and sheer class!

  • shopgoodgrace

    Teresa from shopgoodgrace said 4 years ago

    Love this!

  • chickiestarr

    Chickie Starr from chickiestarr said 4 years ago

    What a beautiful and stylish group of women! A legacy of fashion indeed! Thanks for sharing.

  • chickiestarr

    Chickie Starr from chickiestarr said 4 years ago

    What a beautiful and fashionable group of women! A legacy of style indeed! Thanks for sharing.

  • katherinenortonmalek

    katherine norton malek said 4 years ago

    Great post!! So true. I vividly remember the hooped skirts, silk blouses of tissue linen & garnet leather peep toe platforms of my mom & grandmother. There was nothing more fun than clomping around in Memere's dancing shoes (Copacabana NYC circa 1930's) with a bakelite purse and fox stole (w/the head & eyes clamped to the tail), tiny lip stick samples of deepest red & inlaid powder compacts tucked inside beade hand bags in the bottom of mom & Memere's closets. Family photos are a hoot - hats, hats & more netted hats. Many of the hats I still have hanging in my guest room from push pins, purses hanging from S-hooks & even a genuine flapper dress displayed on a dress form. Style & fashion is a family legacy. As a gramma myself now, my granddaughters & great nieces have a plethora of vintage wear to play dress-up with or just admire, hopefully to pass on the proud legacy from my 1960's & 70's glam. They love school vacation time at my house where dress-up is an accepted past-time. My 1st pair of plastic princess shoes w/glitter elastic straps & my faux mink stole are a favorite memory. Love watching the next generations of glam girls in the making. Thanks for the post - brought back some fun memories & reinforced what I letbthem do at mybhouse,nas being an important part of creative play.

  • linenlaceandthread

    Gretchen from linenlaceandthread said 4 years ago

    I really love this post! Since I was a small girl I always felt like being born in the wrong century...

  • reflectionsjewelry

    Emily Delfin from reflectionsjewelry said 4 years ago

    I kinda LOVE IT!! Great post - thank you Gabriella :-)

  • GrandmaDede

    GrandmaDede from GrandmaDede said 4 years ago

    My brother got the house; I got the family photo album. I still think I got the better deal.... it's fill with photos of my mom when she was in college. That's when she dressed the nicest. Love her stylish clothes and costume jewelry.

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